Thursday, October 13, 2005

Canucks 0 Wild 6

In the first of two games in a row in Minnesota, the Vancouver Canucks lost 6-0 to the Wild. Much like Raffi Torres in Edmonton, Dwayne Roloson celebrated his birthday in style, stopping all 33 Vancouver shots. I suppose it's good to get games like these out of the way early in the season. The game recap is here; the score sheet and the stat sheet are here and here.

My notes from the game:

  • The Canucks were never really in the game. They had all sorts of trouble generating offense early in the game. In fact, at one point the shots on goal was 12-3 in favor of Minnesota. The Canucks picked it up in the third but it was too late at that point.
  • I thought Steve McCarthy looked better tonight. He skated well. Still fumbled with the puck, but at least his legs seem to be getting there. I sincerely hope his early season struggles is just due to rust - he only played 25 games in 2003/2004 and didn't play anywhere during the lockout - and having to adapt to a new system.
  • I wonder if I'm being an optimistic homer... but especially after his fight with Alex Henry, Todd Bertuzzi played some of his better hockey. He started handling and protecting the puck better. Later in the game, he even drove towards the net a couple of times. I hope tonight's game woke him up.
  • Actually, I hope tonight's game serves as a wakeup call for the entire team.
  • A tale of two games. Dan Cloutier kept the Canucks close, but Foy's flukey goal (to make it 3-0) seemed to rattle him. He had stopped 20 Minnesota shots at that point before letting in 3 of their last 8 shots, including Bouchard's on a penalty shot. I'm sure Canucks fans will scream for Auld to start Friday's rematch; I have a feeling Crawford will stick with Cloutier.
Next up: Minnesota (again) on Friday.
posted by J.J. Guerrero, 6:48 AM


At October 13, 2005 7:11 PM, Blogger Garrett Ebling said...

Nice blog! (I can say that because I used the same template. lol.) I just started an NHL blog mynhlinsider.blogspot.com and am checking out other blogs for insight, etc. Living outside Washington, D.C., I pay closest attention to the Capitals, but I grew up in Minnesota.

Keep up the good work. I'll continue to check your blog out.


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